She was telling me about research her lab at MIT is conducting that shows opening microwave doors during a cycle causes our brains to be bombarded with enough electrons that we’ll forget who we are and be compelled to run away. “Don’t worry. It’s cumulative,” she said.
I chuckled nervously, thinking about my own microwave habits. I opened and shut that door so often it might as well be a screen door. “How many exposures before memory starts to be effected?” I asked, pen poised over my reporter’s notebook.
When the lights turned on she up got out of her chair and left the examination room. Waiting by reception was a stranger—at first. As the gap closed between them she became overwhelmed with relief. "I know you," she said through a quivering smile. "They did not steal everything."